Guatemala Mission Trip 2021
Have you ever wanted to go on a short-term mission trip? If so, why not consider joining the 2021 Guatemala Mission Team! Dates are set for March 24th to April 1st 2021. This will be the seventh year that members from Peace and other area churches will serve in Guatemala partnering with Pray America. The 2020 trip was cancelled due to Coronavirus and travel in 2021 is again dependent on the pandemic. Pray America is hopeful that teams will be able to return in early 2021 to again serve in Guatemala. The Coronavirus has impacted the poor in Guatemala dramatically, and the need for teams to again serve and help is great!
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
James 1:27 is the theme verse of the Pray America ministry (known as “Manos de Jesus” or the “hands of Jesus” in Guatemala), as we serve Mayan widows and children in the mountainous villages surrounding Chichicastenago in NW Guatemala.
The team will build new widow’s homes and do various other projects such as building latrines, and installing efficient wood burning stoves and water filters. The gospel is shared at each home and the widow and family is given a solar powered light & Audio Bible in K’iche’, the native dialect of local Guatemalans. Outreach activities to children include assisting at children’s feeding programs and distributing school shoes & backpacks of school supplies.
There is an emphasis throughout the week on building relationships while sharing the love of Jesus in all our interactions with the Guatemalan people. The team returns to visit the widow & family later in the week and shares the story of Jesus washing the feet of his friends. We then wash the feet of all family members and gift each with a new pair of shoes.
Each day begins with morning devotions and ends with team debriefing & faith reflection—as each team member shares their impressions and “picture of the day”. Those who have gone on a short-term mission trip will attest that God will “grow and stretch you” in unique ways!
Pictured is the 2019 Guatemala Mission Team
with Manos de Jesus staff ready to travel to three different work sites to build widow’s homes.
Mission † Antigo June 13-19,2020
Mission † Antigo is a mission trip from Antigo to Antigo. It is a joint effort among local churches and area organizations to be the hands and feet of Christ helping our neighbors who are in need.
Peace Lutheran Contacts:
ALASKA SERVANT EVENT
August 3 - 14, 2018
A group of 8 adults traveled from Antigo to Copper Center, Alaska on a hammer and nails mission trip. This was the 7th time a group from Peace traveled to this area spreading the love of Christ. While in Alaska we were blessed to be able to help the local residents by hanging drywall at the only radio station in the region, a Christian Station. We helped a young family frame the inside of their cabin, assembled 16 baby kits for the Clinic in Glennallen to hand out after a first well baby checkup, installed a dryer for an elderly native, moved a memorial stone that was next to the banks of the flooding Copper River, poured a concrete slab for a wheelchair ramp at Mt. Drum Church, assisted with Sunday School for the local kids in Chitina, and held a potluck dinner to thank our host congregation after church.
REV. BRIAN GAUTHIER LCMS MISSIONARY TO PANAMA
Personal support was extended to Rev Brian Gauthier and family. Funds were provided for him and his family for the past two years serving as a missionary in the country of Panama.
Rev. Brian Gauthier and Family (Wife Amanda and Son Ezra)
Funds for local and regional ministries went to the Hope Life Center, the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, and Camp Luther. The money given to Camp Luther was the first installment of a five year committment to Camp Luther's Filled With the Spirit Campaign.
We thank and praise God for the opportunities He gives us to serve His people with the resources that He has first given us.